GEC has contingency plan for any change to primary election

GEC executive director Maria Pangelinan (PNC file photo)

Senators held public hearings today for two bills — one which would cancel the primaries altogether and another that would only eliminate uncontested seats.

Lawmakers will meet again tomorrow to discuss and possibly decide on what will happen to this year’s primary.

Guam Election Commission Executive Director Maria Pangelinan says they have a contingency plan either way.

Currently, GEC is preparing to send out primary ballots to off-island voters to meet their deadline tomorrow.

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“Right now, we have 32 requests and of the 32 requests, 11 want regular ballots mailed out to them, which means that we have to print out the regular ballots and get it post-marked by tomorrow. We’ve also prepared a second ballot just in case the bill that cancels all the uncontested races passes … so we prepared a second ballot as well, just in case,” Pangelinan said.

She added: “If a decision is made by tomorrow, we will reflect that decision, if no decision is made by tomorrow, we will send the ballot that was prepared for the regular primary.”

Tomorrow’s deadline reflects the 45-day mark before Election Day.

If the primary is canceled altogether, Pangelinan says they’ll send a follow-up letter to those 32 people, letting them know, and they’ll receive a general election ballot instead.